Terrorism causes social reform

When an act of terrorism happens in your country, you can use that to your advantage to make a social reform. When 9/11 happened, the US Govt could have used that to formulate a national energy plan to get us out of the dependence from foregin oil. But now, out of all the places, Saudi Arabia is now allowing women to work as a way fighting _homegrown terrorism_

bq. The Saudi cabinet, chaired by King Fahd, last week took a landmark decision allowing women to obtain commercial licenses. “This decision will certainly reduce social and economic pressures on men, who are no longer capable of meeting family needs due to a drop in personal income,” said Nahid Tahir, a senior economist at National Commercial Bank. She told AFP that creating employment had become a way of fighting “homegrown terrorism”. “It also has an important security aspect in fighting terrorists in the kingdom, as the solution to this problem is no longer of a purely security nature.”

bq. The head of the Jeddah-based Middle East Center for Strategic and Legal Studies, Anwar Eshki, said the steps highlight the role the economy can play in “fighting extremism”. “The cost of living has gone up and women must share the burden with their husbands. If this is not done, it will negatively affect the security situation. It will only breed further complications,” Eshki said. Unemployment in Saudi Arabia is estimated at more than 20% “We cannot separate terrorism from the economy … The security solution is essential, but it is not the decisive one. The cabinet’s decision is a response to this understanding,” he told AFP. [“Al Jazeera”:http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/839B7B03-16B2-410B-8098-660A4CF6C010.htm]

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